The vast majority of people injured in a car accident or by another person’s negligence do not have the money for a personal injury case to pay an attorney up front. This is why personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. This means that it costs people nothing to pursue a case with experienced legal representation. Further, the client does not pay any attorney fees until and unless a recovery is made. In this video, Raleigh personal injury attorney Gene Riddle explains how contingency fees work. When a client retains our firm, our lawyers will first review every aspect of the attorney fee agreement and answer any questions that may arise.
Let me explain a little bit about a contingency fee, which is how we handle most of our cases here at Riddle and Brantley. A contingency fee is a fee based on, we get paid if we’re successful in your case. We judge success by: did we win your case, did we get a good jury verdict, did we get a winning jury verdict, were we able to get a successful recovery for you, were we able to take the denied case and turn it into a case which was paid? If we don’t win your case, you don’t owe us any attorney fees. In addition to attorney fees, there’s also another part that the attorney must be reimbursed for, that’s called cost; advanced costs or expenses. What that means is that when we take a case we have to order medical records, we have to pay for certain things that we can present your case, if we hire an expert to do an investigation of an accident or wreck scene, we have to pay that expert, ultimately the client bears the burden of that expense, so the client has to pay for that even if we advance it in the beginning, and that’s required by the state bar rules. Please give us a call or send us an email. We’re here, we’re ready to help. Justice counts.